Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 11th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Picking Winners

Rick Francis
Staff writer

Our race week opens at Fair Grounds, where the fifth on the card features Louisiana-breds sprinting on the main track in a mid-level optional-claiming contest. Let’s get started.

Race 5 – Fair Grounds – post time: 4:25 p.m. EDT

Midnight Heist (1), Cuccia/Bridgmohan; stopped in the slop two back and it seemed to carry over last out, as 5-year-old carried an OC30 field to the stretch only to weaken and finish a head off the board. Those two efforts as well as the bulk of his starts have come routing; the cutback angle works.

Tallahatchie (2), Roussel/Albarado; Brahms gelding has a pair of firsts and thirds from his four FG starts, showing here last out facing similar. Trainer Roussel has had an outstanding meet hitting at almost 30 percent, and today goes with Robby Albarado for the first time of the season; something’s brewing here.

Folsom Fire (3), Thomas/Clark; after winning here in December beating state-bred allowance foes, Fire Slam gelding shipped cross state to Delta finishing third to Duncan Kenner winner Heitai. However in last, 4-year-old broke slow and never recovered facing lesser. He’s an improving sort, bottoms of exotics are possible.

Pirate Island (4), Landry/Guidry; you get eight firsts and seconds, along with a trio of show efforts from running at all levels, distances and tracks, which is exactly what this 6-year-old by Storm Day has been doing. Today it’s his FG debut after placing a half-length back to allowance company; however it’s been over a year since his last photo session.

Heavy on Themister (5), David/Eramia; never factored last out in the Premier Championship, a contest he took a year ago, and offered little resistance a couple back in the Costa Rising. He’s proven he can rebound after a pair of duds, and that’s what I expect from this Lion Tamer 6-year-old.

Warren’s Rebel (6), Leggio, Jr./Napravnik; Ole Rebel colt  is three across from his 13 starts, with the bulk of those money efforts coming here, including last over a notch below. Rosie stays on, which will only make a short price shorter, which will only make me look elsewhere; briefly. 4-year-old will get his calls.

Social Misfit (7), Leggio/Graham; steps up after winning two of his last three facing a notch down, and did so with winning times that put’s him squarely in the mix. Jock Graham, locked into a riding battle with Rosie, makes his fourth start of the meet with this Porto Foricos gelding; expect an all-out try.

As this contest is for Louisiana-breds, and all have done well facing in-state company, I’m going with a trio that have recent success against open competition, and they are: Tallahatchie Luke, Heavy on Themister, and Pirate Island, and use the latter in a light to heavy across the board play. Rick’s selections: 2, 5, and 4. 

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